Carl Leon Caruthers | 1921-2010

Published Thursday, June 10, 2010

Caruthers,-Carl-final.jpgFuneral for Carl Leon Caruthers, 88, of Bedford and formerly of Paradise was to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport with the Rev. Dennis Baw officiating.

Caruthers died Sunday, June 6, 2010, in Bedford.

Born June 9, 1921, in Paradise to Carl Wayne and Annie Ruth (Moody) Caruthers, he graduated as salutatorian of the Paradise High School class of 1938. He graduated from Denton State Teacher’s College with a bachelor of science in chemistry in 1942. Caruthers married Ruth Armstrong July 5, 1943, in Yuma, Ariz., and he was a chemical NCO for the Army during World War II.

He had a 41-year career in the edible oil industry, working for Armour and Co. from 1946 to 1966, Swift and Co. from 1966 to 1980 and Bunge Corp. from 1980 to 1987.

Caruthers spent time on the family farm, fished, coached and encouraged his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their scholastic and athletic events.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years; grandson, Sterling Hallmark; and sister, Lena Mae Watson.

He is survived by his daughter, Carla Reneau and husband, Max; sons, Ronnie Caruthers and wife, Dana, Terry Caruthers and wife, Pam, and Jerry Caruthers and wife, Lori; grandchildren, Lori Kilpatrick, Ronna Hunt and husband, Gary, Clay Caruthers and wife, Cherie, Shane Caruthers and wife, April, Justin Caruthers and wife, Laura, Hallie and Carlie Caruthers, Tom Reneau and Jon Reneau and wife, Heather; great-grandchildren, Koby Kirkpatrick, Camryn and Cayton Caruthers, Rylee and Graydon Hunt, Kole Caruthers and Ava Reneau; brother-in-law, Olin Watson; and a niece, LouAnn Barker and family.

Pallbearers were to be Clay Caruthers, Gary Hunt, Justin Caruthers, Shane Caruthers, Koby Kilpatrick, Jeff Barker and Brent Barker. The late Sterling Hallmark was designated an honorary pallbearer.

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